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Cops Release Records on the Smollett Case

And top prosecutor Kim Foxx explains the decision not to prosecute
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2019 5:25 PM CDT
Actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

(Newser) – "Right now, there's a lot of emotion." So said Chicago's head prosecutor Wednesday as she explained the thinking behind the dismissal of actor Jussie Smollett's case—a decision that angered Chicago's mayor and chief of police, WBEZ reports. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx goes on: "And I wholeheartedly believe that in our work we cannot be driven by emotions. We have to be driven by facts." According to Foxx, charges against Smollett amounted to a Class 4 felony, which rarely leads to prison time. Smollett also forfeited his $10,000 bond (which "most people" don't do, she said) and completed community service. For Foxx, it appears to be no big deal. What does break her heart? "When I see a 2-year-old who [is] shot while sitting on her mother's lap and there's not that level of outrage." For more:

  • Chicago police released supplemental Smollett-case records to media—the ones that identify the Empire actor as an "offender," not the original records that call him a "victim," per CNN. The two reports (here and here) describe behind-the-scenes moves by prosecutors and police during the investigation, per the Chicago Tribune.

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